You don't have to worry about making every slice of pie equal when you make hand pies instead! These decadent cherry hand pies will quickly become a favorite for every special occasion.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • For filling, in a medium saucepan combine first five ingredients (through orange juice). Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cool. (Or transfer to an airtight container and chill overnight. Stir before using.)

    For pastry, in an extra-large bowl stir together flour, 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in eggs. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the milk over part of the flour mixture; toss with a fork. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, gradually adding milk until mixture begins to come together.

    Gather pastry into a ball, kneading gently just until it holds together. Divide pastry into fourths; form four balls. If needed, cover with plastic wrap and chill until easy to handle (up to 1 hour).

    Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll each pastry ball into a 9x8-inch rectangle; cut into four 4 1/2x4-inch rectangles. Brush edges with additional milk. Spoon 1 well-rounded Tbsp. filling onto half of each rectangle; fold remaining half of rectangle over filling. Seal edges and prick tops with a fork. Place on prepared baking sheets. Brush pies with additional milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown. Remove; cool slightly on wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Blueberry Hand Pies

Prepare as directed, except for filling, use 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. lemon zest, and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice.Per slice: same as above except 330 calories, 38 g carbohydrate, 12% Vitamin C, 9% iron

Plum Hand Pies

Prepare as directed, except for filling, use 3 cups chopped fresh plums, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 3 Tbsp. cornstarch, 1 Tbsp. each butter and lemon juice, and 1/8 tsp. ground cloves.Per slice: same as above except 322 calories, 34 g carbohydrate, 19 g total fat (12 g sat. fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 12 g total sugar, 14% Vitamin A, 3% Vitamin C, 300 mg sodium

Nutrition Facts

327 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 5 g monounsaturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 295 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 4 g protein.

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